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Tuesday 21.11.2017 | Name days: Andis, Zeltīte

RB Rail: there is a great deal of interest for Rail Baltica in Finland

During a meeting with Finnish politicians and business representatives, we felt a great deal of interest from them in favour of joining Rail Baltica project, RB Rail representatives say.

KNAB develops rules for basic principles of internal control system

To secure unified understanding of the basic principles that govern internal control system for prevention of corruption and conflicts of interests, a single list of rules has been developed for public institutions, as BNN was informed by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Professor: if everything is bad for us nowadays, why do people live longer?

People are often told that one or the other thing is bad for them. I remember hearing once that wristwatches with batteries are bad for health. I’ve even heard that imported lemons are bad for us, or that we would all die if we watch television too long.

Antāne: TM has to prevent collapse of transit sector’s competitiveness within 30 days

Transport Ministry and Latvijas dzelzceļš have roughly 30 days to prevent Latvia from ending up at the top of the list of countries with the highest railway infrastructure fees in the European Union.

Strong wind and precipitation expected in Latvia on Lāčplēsis Day

On Friday, 10 November, an atmospheric front will cross Latvia, bringing short-term rain to the country. Weather will be cloudy and the sky will clear up in the morning and a couple of times during the day, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

NATO defence ministers support formation of two new command structures

NATO defence ministers support the proposal for the formation of two new command structures. One would be responsible for sea route safety for troop and military vehicle transports between North America and Europe. The other one will coordinate movements of military forces within Europe.

Latvia’s foreign trade turnover increased 13.3% in September

In September 2017 Latvian foreign trade turnover amounted to EUR 2.28 billion, which, at current prices, was 13.3 % more than in September 2016, of which the exports value of goods was 7.7 % and imports value of goods was 18.4 % higher.

Augulis: there are approximately 4,000 km of unused roads in Latvia

There are approximately 4,000 km of roads in Latvia that are practically unused for transport, said Latvian Transport Minister Uldis Augulis in an interview to 900 seconds programme to LNT on 9 November.

Several criminal processes launched in illegal drugs combating field

Officers of State Police Criminal Affairs Office of Zemgale region uncovered a number of criminal activities associated with realization and storage of illegal narcotics in October.

Latvian Saeima to decide on use of cars for passenger transport

On Thursday, 9 November, the Saeima will decide in the final reading on amendments to the Law on Public Transport Services. Those amendments provide the opportunity to use cars to provide public transport services in regions with a small number of passengers.

Proposal to raise minimal wages in Latgale by only EUR 20 gets rejected

On Wednesday, 8 November, Saeima’s Parliamentary Inquiry Committee decided to decline a request submitted by opposition deputies, in which it is proposed to cancel the initiative to raise minimal wages in Latgale or at least make sure it does not exceed EUR 20 annually because of the difficult position businessmen are in.

Prime Minister: railway electrification programme will likely have to the narrowed

The current railway electrification project would mean funding from the state budget, which is not possible. Because of that, it is necessary to consider narrowing the programme, said Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in an interview to Rīta panorama.

Average consumer price level in Latvia up 2.8%

During the year, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.8 %. Prices of goods grew by 2.8 % and prices of services by 2.9 %.

Minister: Moldova should consequently realize real, not demonstrative reforms to join EU

Moldova has to realize real, not demonstrative reforms on the road towards joining the European Union, said Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs during his meeting with officials from Moldova.

Kučinskis: adoption process should be sped up for families

Currently there are hundreds of families waiting to adopt children. This process should be sped up, says Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

Dutch and Latvian authorities dismantle international tax fraudsters group

As a result of an international cross-border operation performed by Dutch and Latvian authorities, an international tax fraudsters group was dismantled in October. This criminal group systematically robbed Netherlands by illegally acquiring funds up to EUR 1.7 million and later laundering them in Latvia.

Unity’s members have different opinions on expected change of leadership

Members of Unity’s Saeima faction have different opinion in regards to the expected change of leadership in the party. They expect explanations from the management about this decision.